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FOR RELEASE: July 19 2007
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

State Health Agency Names New State Epidemiologist

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced today that it has named Dr. Kristy Bradley as State Epidemiologist. Bradley has served as the agency’s Deputy State Epidemiologist and State Public Health Veterinarian since 2000 and was interim State Epidemiologist from October 2003 to July 2005.

“We are pleased that Dr. Bradley has agreed to fill this important post,” said Secretary of Health and Commissioner of Health Dr. Mike Crutcher. “Her credentials and experience in the field will be a true value for the agency and the citizens of
Oklahoma.”

Bradley will oversee the state health department’s surveillance of infectious diseases and investigation of disease outbreaks in Oklahoma as well as efforts to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.

A graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Bradley practiced small animal medicine and surgery before acquiring a master’s degree in public health from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She joined the Oklahoma State Department of Health in 1996 and since that time has directed West Nile virus and rabies prevention and control activities, provided direction on the state’s bioterrorism preparedness and response programs, and provided consultation to other health care professionals and the public on infectious and zoonotic diseases. Bradley is a diplomate with the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the OU College of Public Health. Her professional affiliations include membership in the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Oklahoma Public Health Association.

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